Mrs. Lori Bartholomew (Principal, Athletic Director, 5-8 Grade Teacher)

Mrs. Bartholomew received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1980 from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. She first taught in the English Department at Huron Valley Lutheran High School in Westland, MI. In 1981 she began teaching 5th grade at St. John’s Lutheran School with her husband Tod, who became the principal of St. John’s Lutheran School in 1987. During that time, Mrs. Bartholomew also coached girls’ volleyball, cheerleading, and basketball.

In 1989, Mrs. Bartholomew became a stay at home mom for several years to raise her two sons. In 1994, Mrs. Bartholomew returned to teaching at Huron Valley Lutheran High School and taught Math and Current Events. From 1996-1999 Mrs. Bartholomew was a substitute teacher in the Wayne/Westland Public School system at the Junior High level.

In 1999, Mrs. Bartholomew returned to St. John’s to teach 7th and 8th grade temporarily. In 2000, the congregation of St. John’s officially called Mrs. Bartholomew to teach 7th and 8th grade and to serve as principal and athletic director of the school. She is presently still serving in these three positions.

Mrs. Lillian Henning (3-4 Grade Teacher)

Mrs. Henning grew up in Linwood, MI and graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary in 2014. In May of 2018, Mrs. Henning fulfilled her childhood dream by receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in New Ulm, MN. After graduating, she was assigned her first call to teach grades 3-5 at St. John’s Lutheran School in Westland, MI. In her free time, Mrs. Henning enjoys reading a variety of books, spending time with her new husband, and playing softball. Mrs. Henning has always dreamed of being a teacher and is filled with excitement and joy to begin her teaching ministry at St. John’s and to share God’s Word with her students.

Miss Grace Cook (1-2 Grade Teacher)

[Information coming soon.]

Mrs. Sharon Dorow (Kindergarten Teacher, Director of Choir and Handbells)

Mrs. Dorow received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1984 from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. In addition to raising her three sons with her husband Eric, Mrs. Dorow helped St. John’s Lutheran School start their Pre-Kindergarten program in 1986. Mrs. Dorow served as a teacher in that program for many years and became the Kindergarten teacher at St. John’s in 2001.

In 2009, Mrs. Dorow started teaching 1st and 2nd grade in addition to Kindergarten and is presently still teaching these three grades at St. John’s. Mrs. Dorow also directs two children’s hand-bell choirs, the children’s vocal choir, the adult vocal choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and is a talented flutist. Mrs. Dorow greatly enjoys using her musical gifts to praise God and loves helping others to do the same.

Mrs. Dorow is always looking for new workshops to help her stay up to date on the latest methods for teaching early education. She is a very loving, energetic, and enthusiastic teacher whose students love coming to school to learn from her. Like the rest of the teachers at St. John’s Lutheran School, Mrs. Dorow especially loves teaching the children in her care about the love of their Savior Jesus.

Mrs. Joy Pelkey (Early Childhood Director, Preschool Teacher)

Mrs. Pelkey graduated from St. John’s Lutheran School in Westland, MI and later earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in three different concentrations: psychology, sociology and women’s studies. She graduated with honors and additional endorsements in women’s studies. She also earned an associate degree from Schoolcraft College and certificate in EMS. She met her husband at Killarney Lutheran Summer Camp and was married in St. John’s Lutheran Church. They now have two sons who attend WELS schools.

Mrs. Pelkey has held diverse employment, but has worked and taught youth throughout her adult life. For many years, she has served as the health and safety officer at Killarney Lutheran Summer Camp. Mrs. Pelkey also taught Sunday school for Peace Lutheran Church and School in Livonia, MI and continues to coach basketball there. Mrs. Pelkey currently serves as the director of the preschool program at St. John’s and lead teacher for the three-year olds. The children and their parents love her enthusiasm and the fun she brings to the classroom every day.

Miss Bethany Schaffer (Preschool Teacher)

[Information coming soon.]

St. Johns Lutheran Church and School, Westland MI

For over 135 years, St. John’s has been serving the people of Westland. We are a group of imperfect people united by a perfect God. We come from many different walks of life, but have been given the same mission. Jesus has shown us God’s love and we want to share that love with the world.

Together in the Word, we discover more joy than stress!

School Registration Dates

PreK-8th Grade: Sunday August 9, 2020

From 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM in the school gym.

To find out more about St. John’s Lutheran School visit the Our School section of the website.

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